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The Concept of Species in Biology

Nature volume 141, pages 9981000 (04 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE one hundredth and fiftieth anniversary meeting of the Linnean Society of London took place on May 24, when the presidential address was delivered by Dr. John Ramsbottom, and on the two following days symposia were held in which a number of distinguished British and foreign zoologists and botanists took part. The meetings, which were attended by a large concourse of fellows and foreign members of the Society and by delegates from many cognate societies and institutions in Great Britain and overseas, were held in the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution and were planned to provide for a discussion of the various aspects of the 'species problem' in biology. The address of the president dealt with "Linnseus and the Species Concept” and the subjects of the two symposia were, respectively,“The Concept of Species from Linnaeus to the Present Day" and “Geographical Isolation as a Factor in Species Formation”.

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